Ben Waltzer trio

Saturday, September 29, 1:00-2:00PM

Logan Center Penthouse

 Photo by Bella Waltzer.

Photo by Bella Waltzer.

BEN WALTZER is a jazz pianist, composer, journalist, and educator. He has performed internationally with his own groups as well as with colleagues Dana Hall, Geof Bradfield, Bill McHenry, Gerald Cleaver, and others. Until 2013, he was Assistant Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University.

Waltzer has recorded for Fresh Sound records, written about jazz for Tablet Magazine, The New York Times and other publications, and works as music director for designer and entertainer Isaac Mizrahi’s various television and stage projects. He is a recipient of both Chamber Music America’s New Works grant and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Jazz Ensemble, and last year received a DCASE Performance Grant through which he explored the era and music of Chicago pianist Art Hodes. A judge for the most recent Jazz Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association, Waltzer lives in Chicago, where he is the Klingensmith Program Director of University of Chicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM). 

The musicians are: BEN WALTZER (piano); DANA HALL (drums and cymbals); and CLARK SOMMERS (bass).